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Gallipoli (Perennial Classics) Paperback – December 3, 2002
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Alan Morehead published this novel in 1956, over halfway between the event and this review. His view on this WWI battle had adequate distance to compare it to the European battles for the three decades after, but retains a trace of British late-imperial irony. All the rationales for the ambiphibious assualt in Turkey are explained, and even the chapters which describe the inconclusive fighting are not widely foreshadowed- I was particularly spellbound by the suspense of the final days as the British and ANZAC forces retreated by sea. I also caught a fascinating glimpse at WWI submarine warfare, the early demise of Winston Churchill, and an eerie warning of Mustafa Kemal's rise to power. Morehead makes the right connections to people/events beyond the Dardanelles without losing focus on the landings. He tends to weight the British side of things, but the reader's interest also lies with the offense. No doubt his access to Turkish military records was limited.
As for Istanbul, I met not a few Kiwis and Aussies there who were making a pilgrimage of sorts to the battleground, half a world away from home. While I was trapsing through the city, they took the excursion into the countryside to see... the location of one of the greatest battles their nation ever fought. I wanted to see what moved them to make the trek, and this book explains it. I wouldn't call it a poignant evocation of a tragic front, events can speak for themselves. Yet this book enhanced my appreciation of a battle that I didn't know much about. I recommend Gallipoli to those who are curious about this oddest of struggles, but I especially recommend it to you who haven't even heard of the place. It deserves our attention.
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Most informative...Moorehead brings the central characters to life on ALL sides. The telling was a tad bit dry though, and dated as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. A. Veronie II
The book provided a good overview of the events at Galipolli. It did not hold my interest throughout.Published 4 months ago by glenn andrew
When I finish this read, it will be the 4th time I have read this book over the years. It is absolutely one of the finest military histories and campaign analysis ever written.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great account of what really happened, and the incompetence of the leaders involved.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
A really good book, trust me I am Turkish. It was quite good, however it wasn't quite hard. Perfect for beginners thoughPublished 5 months ago by IdeaCube
I visited Turkey in 2012 and saw first hand what Mr. Moorehead was telling in this historical tale of WWI. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eugenia Johnston
For a book published in 1956, and despite many other books on Gallipoli, including several fine ones published for the 100th anniversary in 2015, this is a very good account,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wayne Robinson
This is a highly readable account of the Gallipoli campaign. One gets a sense of the muddled decision making, atrocious living conditions, and, more than anything else, the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Mackie
Published 25 April 1956. Considered his best book."...balance and clarity of his exposition and the elegiac beauty of his writing". Says it all.Published 7 months ago by Ian Andrews